Reimagine Medicine

Reimagine Medicine is an innovative humanities-based summer fellowship for rising juniors and seniors preparing for health professions.

The program includes a summer intensive (June 28-July 25, 2020) and half-credit course in the fall (day/time TBD). Applications for ReMed 2020 are currently available and will be accepted until Friday, January 31, at 5:00 p.m. Apply now.


Past ReMed Fellows

2019 ReMed group photo
2018 ReMed group photo


ReMed seeks to foster the character, imagination, and practices needed to work effectively in contexts of human suffering and healing. Leaders in many disciplines — history, ethics, visual and performing arts, spirituality, expressive writing, and more—help students explore themes often absent in traditional medical education.

During the summer intensive, students live, eat, and learn together on campus. The fellowship includes housing and a stipend for living expenses. With a full schedule of classes, hospital shadowing, and enrichment activities, participants are not permitted to accept other summer research or fellowship opportunities that overlap with ReMed. Fellows also take a half-credit course in the fall (ETHICS 216), where themes and questions from the summer are explored further.

Lynn McKinley Grant leads a Seeing through Art session with Duke undergraduate students as part of the ReMed course.

Topics Include

  • ETHICS, to clarify fellows’ values, calling, and sense of purpose
  • HISTORY of MEDICINE, to provide context and vision for improving the current system
  • MINDFULNESS theory and practice, to improve awareness and manage stress
  • IMPROVISATION, to develop interpersonal skills, communication, and responsiveness
  • EXPRESSIVE WRITING, from stream-of-consciousness to poetry, trauma to peace-making
  • MUSIC, to connect and communicate without verbal language
  • EMBODIMENT—what it means to inhabit and treat a human body
  • STORYTELLING, as the revelation of our shared experience and humanity
  • VISUAL ART, to encourage close observation and improve perception
  • and more!

Ray Barfield, ReMed director

Non-Traditional Hospital Shadowing

Fellows shadow caregivers (other than doctors) throughout the hospital—from the intensive care nursery to hospice to housekeeping—to get a broad perspective on our complex healthcare system. After each shadowing shift, fellows gather to reflect on their experiences over “family dinner.”


2019 fellows at hospital

Selection Criteria

Students preparing for health professions are encouraged to apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year at Duke. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence
  • Commitment to the integration of non-science disciplines into the study and practice of medicine
  • Desire and commitment to constructive collaboration
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Openness to learning from others, considering multiple perspectives, and taking risks in order to learn and grow


Reimagine Medicine mindfulness

How to apply

Applications for ReMed 2020 are currently available and will be accepted until Friday, January 31, at 5:00 p.m.

A complete application includes:

  • Answers to several essay questions
  • Name and contact information for one reference (no letter required)
  • Résumé (2 page limit)
  • Commitment to participate fully in the summer intensive, June 28-July 25, 2020, and in the fall half-credit course.


Contact Information

Gair McCullough
Program Coordinator